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  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895262819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895262813
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,039,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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106 of 131 people found the following review helpful By "mikebmikeb" on November 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Nehao! I found the book to be easy to read. If you're less than enamored with the current administration, or are a veteran China watcher, you'll love this book. If you're a dyed-in-the-wool, "they can do no wrong" Clinton-Gore fan, you won't like the book, probably ought to save your money, and should go to the next review now.
This book is more of an indictment of the Clinton-Gore administrations' naivity than anything else: You can't blame the Chinese for trying to get the upper hand when offered to them.
Mr. Gertz provides well researched and clear perspectives on China's intentions, and on the well meaning but misguided "backwoods" approach to a country that looks at foreign policy over decades and centuries, not by the current term of office.
He illustrates through released documents that Bill Clinton is the very best president Chinese money could buy, or at least that the Chinese government could hope to have. He points out correctly that the US has no published consistent foreign policy, allowing the US State Department to take short-term-positive but long-term-bankrupt positions, resulting in backroom deals good for the current administration but highly inconsistent with national longevity or will of the American people.
My personal bias: I voted for Clinton for the domestic policies, but deal with the PRC on a daily basis. Gertz is "dead nuts" right.
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99 of 124 people found the following review helpful By K. Jensen on October 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In CHINA THREAT, Gertz warns fellow Americans:
*How the FBI pursued six Chinese intelligence agents and never found a senior Chinese mole inside the U.S. government code-named "Ma" who had access to top secret intelligence.
*"The Hug": How spy suspect Wen Ho Lee was embraced by China's top nuclear weapons scientist during a visit to the United States. The nuclear scientist, Hu Side, was overheard by an FBI informant at the time as saying Wen Ho Lee provided great assistance to China's nuclear weapons program.
*How a classified Chinese government document, known as Document 65, reveals that China is willing to attack the United States with nuclear weapons if U.S. forces intervene to defend Taiwan in a regional conflict.
Gertz unleashes a Chinese spying manual, translated into English, revealing a massive weapons technology collection effort involving the gathering of data and covert espionage.
The timing of the book's release -- just days before the election -- has raised eyebrows in official Washington.
Gertz reported in recent days: If Texas Gov. George W. Bush is elected president, Republican national security officials are planning a major house-cleaning for the CIA's China analysis division. The Clinton-Gore administration has favored a dangerous "benign view of China," claims Gertz.
In his new book, Gertz publishes a secret White House report by NSC staff aide Gary Samore offering missile technology to China if it agrees to join the Missile Technology Control Regime limiting missile exports.
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60 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Once again Bill Gertz warns about the very real threat of China's philosophy and threat to take over the world by first targeting the U.S. This book is well researched as was his last book "Betrayal." In his new book he explains in detail how the China threat works and amidst talks of peace and cooperation with China and the full inclusion of China into the WTO, the real danger which is imminent, is easily overlooked. Another brand new book that explains the whole scenario extremely well in form of a novel, although the book is based on a (de)classified CIA report, and it's a breathtaking thriller and strongly recommended, is Alec Donzi's "The Consultant."
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alex Salazar on May 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Whether or not China does participate in global subversion of the Unites States I'm not certain. What can't be denied is that China has been fairly successful in recetn years in its intelligence operations in the U.S. Gertz writes of what he believes is a larger Chinese strategy to undermine the U.S. and often blames the Clinton administration for China's success at doing this. Chronicaling such actions as attempted Chinese business take over of the Panama Canal, Gertz makes an interesting argument that should probably be further researched. he does provide interesting documents in the apendix that are worth looking over.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Curious about China on January 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
... get ready for a scare. If anyone has any questions just how bad the Chinese Ministry for State Security can be, this is as good a place as any to find out. Mr. Gertz does seem to rely heavily on the Cox report, but for those of us that haven't actually looked at it, this will definately give you a dark interpretation of it.
I have to say that the author's dripping dislike of the Clinton administration gets tiresome around the middle of the book, we get the point. Judging from the titles of his other related books, Gertz didn't limit his Clinton-bashing to just this book and that makes wary first-time readers like me rather tentative in reading more of his publications.
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There are two contradictory themes put forward in this book. The first is that the leadership of the People's Republic of China (PRC) is a very patient one, thinking in terms of decades and sometimes even in centuries, and the overwhelming majority of people who study the country hold this view. Many experts have argued that the greatest weakness of the American political and economic system is that there is little long-term vision. Therefore, from that perspective the PRC has a distinct advantage over the United States.
The second theme is that the PRC leadership is willing to risk nuclear war with the United States in order to regain control over Taiwan. This position is diametrically in opposition to the first, as only the most short sighted (psychotic) of people risk nuclear war when not directly threatened. While some of the leaders of the PRC make noise, there is no real evidence that the PRC would ever launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike to retake what they believe they will eventually win back anyway.
While the PRC is still a repressive communist state and is certainly a long-term threat to the United States, it is a threat that must be met with facts and reason, rather than misstatements and partial truths. On page xiv, there is the comment, "But the evidence from trade with Beijing over the past two decades shows that China today is less free and more threatening than it was before the United States established formal government-to-government relations in 1979." This is nonsense, in the last two decades the PRC has gone from a Stalinist style centrally planned economy to a very dynamic one that is rapidly converting to capitalism. The freedom to pursue entrepreneurial ventures is greater now than it has ever been in China.
On page 108, there is the statement, ". . . .
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